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Thu 29 May 2008 12:20 PM

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Property disputes to be fast-tracked

Tenants battling unscrupulous landlords should see cases dealt with quicker under new specialist court.

Tenants battling unscrupulous landlords should see their cases dealt with more quickly following the establishment of a new court set up specifically to deal with the rising number of property disputes in Dubai.

The Property Court will sit for the first time on Monday and is expected to speed up the time between hearings from one month currently to just a week, Dubai Courts Director-General Ahmad bin Hazim told UAE daily Emirates Business 24/7.

Bin Hazim said the court would handle all types of property cases that are currently deal with by Dubai Courts.

"Once the court starts functioning it will develop in stages," he said. "It will start with all the traditional property cases, which are currently being handled by Dubai Courts."

Bin Hazim said the court would be responsible for defining new procedures and property laws.

"The Property Court will have its own premises and budget. We have three possible locations but the final site has not yet been decided," he said.

The court is one of six specialist courts set up earlier this month under a decree by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, also UAE vice president and prime minister.

Disputes between landlords and tenants have been on the increase in Dubai due to the high demand for rental accommodation coupled with a severe shortage of supply, which has led to huge increases in the cost of accommodation over the last few years.